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Morocco orders ARQUUS Sherpa Light 4x4 tactical vehicles for its Special Forces
June 2020 News Defense Global Security army industry Posted On Thursday, 18 June 2020 04:53
According to information released by the Info Defensa website on June 18, 2020, French Company ARQUUS has signed an agreement with Morocco for the delivery of 36 Sherpa light 4x4 tactical vehicles in two variants including Light Scout and Light APC (Armored Personnel Carrier).
These tactical vehicles were ordered by Morocco to be used by Moroccan Army Special Operations. France continues to export military equipment to Morocco after other contracts announced in January 2020 for the purchase of self-propelled howitzers CAESAR manufactured by the French company Nexter Systems and the VL-Mica air defense missile systems.
The Sherpa Light Scout is one of the variants of the Sherpa Light family designed and manufactured by the French Defense Company Renault Trucks Defense. The Scout variant (former Sherpa 2), available in unarmored or armored variants, is ideally suited for tactical missions such as scouting, patrol, convoy escort, and command and liaison.
The Sherpa Light Scout can carry up to 5 military personnel including driver and commander. The vehicle can be fitted with a manual turret or remotely operated weapon station armed with a machine gun up to 12.7 mm. It can be easily transported by military aircraft as A400m or C-130. The vehicle is already in service by NATO members, France, and other countries.
The Sherpa APC (Armored Personnel Carrier) is an armored version in the Sherpa family configured to transport soldiers on the battlefield. The vehicle is available in two configurations with two or four lateral doors.
The Sherpa APC can accommodate a total of 10 military personnel including driver and commander. It has a weight from 11 to 16 tons with a maximum payload of 2,500 kg. The vehicle can be fitted with armor protection up to Level 3 STANAG 4569 offering protection against firing of small arms 7.62×51mm caliber AP (Armor-Piercing).
The Sherpa APC is motorized with Renault MD-5 4 cylinders Diesel engine Euro V developing 215 hp. at 2,300 rpm. The vehicle can run at a maximum speed of 110 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 800 km.